In case you haven’t noticed the ‘Networks’ link has been removed from the main navigation tabs. We don’t like this move one bit.
It removes a place where local people can connect with each other. Whether its just for your region or college. It also removes a tool in the facebook recruiting toolbox. You can still post items in the Marketplace and Events which still show up in your ‘region’ or ‘school’ but we really loved the network home page where users could make wall posts, start discussions and get an idea of who is in their region.
Instead, “Facebook suggests the use of its Groups feature to connect with people around them.”
We know Groups are a good way to connect with like minded people but without the regional and college network home pages they are eliminating a natural place for people to congregate. Sometimes you have to make it easy for people to connect and these network pages were perfect for that.
We found other bloggers had similar feelings. CNET’s Harrison Hoffman says:
Bringing popular posted items, groups, and marketplace listings together in one place is reason enough to keep the feature, but when you add in a lively discussion board and Wall posts that really help solve a lot of connection problems, I just don’t understand the reasoning behind this decision.
There’s even a Facebook group protesting this move. We joined it of course.